Michael Harold
Artist's Bio
mdharold@gmail.com

Website

aza zaza www.azazaza.com aka www.michaelharold.com is a website containing a summary of artistic practice including words (eBooks, blog books, essays, poetry, poetics, technology white papers), pictures (paintings, sculpture, installation), and sounds.

Current Work

Cedar Grove is a novel about everything, but most of all the idea of Being as expressed by Parminides (as opposed to Heidegger who got it wrong). Special thanks to Charles Stein for telling me not to be afraid to just go ahead and call "being" "what it is" . . . being.

Binary Objects is a series of new paintings consisting of object references to other paintings in the series with particular attention to the relation of painting to contemporary art history. It also takes a view of art history as a declining cultural context. Sound serious? How can that be? It's just paintings.

Self-portrait as a Corporate Holographic Artifact is an ongoing project, first started in 1996, that uses conceptual, process and interventionist art in the forms of patents, research, business presentations, software and technology startups to effect changes in the global Internet. Some of the details are contained here and here.

Recent Work

The Names of Things is a trilogy containing the books Red Moon, somewords and Art & Technology. I made myself a promise that I wouldn't add another word to any of these books. At present, I am creating a hand painted hardcover limited edition set of artist's books from the work.

thirty-two poems derived from random word selections is a collection of poems based on random word selections from books in the public domain (so hopefully no one will sue me). The book thirty-two poems is available online.

Traditions, by Naissance (December, 2011), is a chapbook containing one long poem comprised of twenty-three short poems.

The November 2010 Project by the people behind Naissance (November, 2010) is a collection of 30 days writing by 30 authors.

The Great American Novel by Dan Waber's tiny booklets (May, 2010), is, like every Great American Novel, a book for the times.

Two Poems, by Naissance (Oct., 2009), is a chapbook containing the poems Dataland and The world is not a book from the (sort of) novel Red Moon.

For an autobiographical (and hopefully not too megalomaniacal) description of my artistic development, please see Words and Pictures.

Painting, Sculpture, Installation and Performance Art

Active as a visual artist since 1983. Visual art includes painting, sculpture, installation, performance and video. Work is represented in individual, corporate and university collections.

Principal member of the artists’ collective Artist’s Transit from 1985 to 1988.

Stoner Art Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1985. Director’s gallery.

Stoner Art Center, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1986. Three person exhibit with Clyde Connell and Marc Rawls.

Group exhibit, Artist’s Transit, 1985.

Group exhibit, Artist’s Transit, 1986.

Solo exhibit, The Next Next Thing, Artist’s Transit, 1986.

Group exhibit, Artist’s Transit, 1987.

Co-founder of the artists’ collective A Visual Sound and Movement Company with Bruce Allen, Kristi Hanna and Alan Dyson.

Invitational exhibit with David Horner, Jerri Slack and Tama Nathan at the Barnwell Center, Red River Revel, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1987.

Juried exhibit, purchase award for “Meta-“ in ASCII, Boots Pharmaceuticals, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1987.

Juried exhibit, purchase award for “Art” in ASCII, Commercial National Bank,  Shreveport, Louisiana, 1987.

Listed in Art in America's Guide to Galleries, Museums and Artists from 1987 to 1990.

Principal member of the “Works in Progress” artist collective from 1988 to 1992.

Solo exhibit, At-the-Loft, installation titled “MU” in ASCII, 1989.

Coming Out: Invitational Sculpture Exhibition with Wallace Walker, Richard Dennis, Jim Buonaccorsi and Ellis Nelson, Centenary College, 1990.

Solo exhibit, Magale Library, Centenary College, 1992.

Performance with Geoff Walden and Ashley Harold, East Bank Theatre, Bossier City, Louisiana, 1992.

Co-recipient of a Regional Artist's Project Grant, sponsored by the Rockefeller and Andy Warhol foundations, for the art video Dorothy’s Fourth Neon Dream, 1993.

Group exhibit, Artport, Shreveport Regional Airport, 1994.

Videographer for James ‘Son’ Thomas at Centenary College, a project funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1992.

Group exhibit, Icons and Iconoclasts, Turner Art Center, Centenary College, 1994.

Graduate work in the MFA in Visual Arts program at Vermont College, Montpelier, Vermont, 1995-96.

Group exhibit, CNB Corporate Collection, Meadows Museum of Art, Centenary College, 1996.

Group exhibit, minicine, www.swampland.org, Shreveport, 2004.

Group exhibit, coolspace, Shreveport, 2005.

Group exhibit, artspace, Shreveport, 2005.

Group exhibit, Arodasi Dance Center, Installation with Bruce Allen, Shreveport, 2005.

Recipient of Shreveport Regional Art Council’s multi-disciplinary artist fellowship for 2005.

Group exhibit, artspace spaceart, at artspace in collaboration with the Shreveport Symphony, Shreveport, 2008.

Group exhibit, Veni, Vidi, Vici, with Ashley Hazelton, Frances Delaune, Micah Harold, Courtney Harold and Harvey Bialy at the Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum in Shreveport, July, 2010.

Group exhibit, Artist Transit, Then and Now, at the Turner Art Center, Centenary College, November, 2010.

Poetry, Poetics and Fiction

Active as a poet and writer since 1975. Work includes poetry, essays, short fiction, artist’s books/experimental literature, and three novels. The books Red Moon, somewords and Art and Technology constitute a trilogy titled The Names of Things. The books M, The Rapture and Cedar Grove comprise The Millennium Trilogy.

Louisiana College Writers Competition, Honorable Mention, 1975.

Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Spectra literary magazine, First Annual Poetry Competition, First Place, 1975.

Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Spectra literary magazine, First Annual Short Story Competition, First Place, 1975.

Selected Poems, The American Poet, 1985.

Dataland, from Red Moon, (presented as a performance for four voices), Centenary College Amphitheatre, 1991.

Red Moon (artist’s book/experimental literature; the first book in the trilogy The Names of Things), A Visual Sound and Movement Company, 1993, 2002. Printed for use in installation, sculpture and visual art projects and also to give to people who might read it. Available online at Harvey Bialy’s web site www.bialystocker.net and at www.azazaza.com.

Animals, (from somewords), online: www.identitytheory.com, 2003.

Missile, (from somewords), online: www.smokebox.net, 2003.

The Class of N-Bits (from Red Moon), originally available online at Steve McCaffery’s North American Center for Interdisciplinary Poetics. Now available through the NWLA Art Gallery at www.nwlaartgallery.com.

M (novel; the first book in The Millennium Trilogy), published November, 2007 by Starving Writers Publishing. Nominated for a Pushcart Prize, M was awarded the 2008 National Literary Awards Space Odyssey Award for Science Fiction.

The Rapture (novel; the second book in The Millennium Trilogy), published in November, 2008 by Starving Writers Publishing.

somewords, (artist's book of prose poetry, flash fiction, visual poetry and experimental poetry; the second book in the trilogy The Names of Things). Completed 2006.

Art and Technology, (artist's book/novel/experimental literature; the third book in the trilogy The Names of Things). Completed 2008.

Cross-Media (a poem on new media, cross-media and transmedia poetics; from Art and Technology), online: www.unlikelystories.org, 2007. Cross-Media was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

Selected Works (visual and experimental poetry and language art) online: www.vispoets.com, 2007.

camera and cake (from somewords), The Journal of Experimental Fiction, 2007.

Cellar Door (from Art and Technology), online: www.unlikelystories.org, 2008.

Twenty-One Women (from Art and Technology), online: www.inpossereview.com, 2009.

Two Poems, a chapbook published by Naissance, 2009.

three poems (from twenty-three (Ed. now thirty-two) poems derived from random word selections), online: www.unlikelystories.org, 2010.

Libro Del Colorante (from Art and Technology), in collaboration with Micah Harold, images by Micah Harold, online: www.unlikelystories.org, 2010.

The Great American Novel, by Dan Waber's tiny booklets (May, 2010)

The November 2010 Project, by Dan Waber and friends (i.e., Naissance), (November, 2010), a collection of writings by 30 artists.

Selections from thirty-two poems and Libro Del Colorante are included in the print anthology Unlikely Stories of the Third Kind, 2010.

Traditions, a chapbook published by Naissance, 2011.

Included in the anthology DIRTY:DIRTY, art by Mugi Takei, published by Debra Di Blasi's Jaded Ibis Press, 2013.

Literary Performance

Dataland, from Sections 1 and 2 of Red Moon, (presented as a performance for four voices), Centenary College Amphitheatre, 1991.

Featured reader at the 6th Annual NOLA Book Fair in New Orleans, November, 2007.

Dharma Bums, Angelheaded Hipsters & Black Mountaineers group reading at David Nelson’s minicine, November, 2007.

An Evening of Art with Michael Harold presented by the Bossier Arts Council and West Edge Artists’ Co-op, March, 2008.

Is There A Plot? Excerpts from the novel Art and Technology presented as a combination performance/projective installation at the 2008 &Now Conference at Chapman University, April, 2008.

Readings from M at McKeown's Books and Difficult Music, New Orleans, October, 2008.

Featured reader at the 7th Annual NOLA Book Fair in New Orleans, November, 2008.

Readings from The Rapture at Blue Cypress Books, New Orleans, November 2008.

Featured reader at an offsite reading with Ahadada Books and Unlikely 2.0 at Michelangelo’s Coffee and Wine Bar at the AWP Conference in Denver, Colorado, April 2010.

Featured reader at the 9th Annual NOLA Book Fair in New Orleans, November, 2010.

Readings from Cedar Grove at McKeown's Books and Difficult Music, New Orleans, November, 2010.

Featured reader at Cité des Arts, Lafayette, Louisiana, November, 2011.

Featured reader at the 10th Annual NOLA Book Fair in New Orleans, November, 2011.

Featured reader at the Maple Leaf Bar in New Orleans, Louisiana, November, 2011.